Stories from biology:


Although the topics of evolution and faith are often seen as conflicting, BYU biology professor Steven L. Peck will argue otherwise in this fall’s Summerhays Lecture, titled Evolving Faith: Putting Evolution in an LDS Context.

Byron Adams

BYU biologist Byron Adams has spent many bone-chilling months in Antarctica digging up creatures like tardigrades, nematodes and rotifers to find out how they survived the ice age. His latest work took him to the top of an Antarctic glacier.

Jewel Beetles

The Emerald Ash Borer is eating its way across America. Next stop? Utah. But not if BYU biologists can do something about it.

Water Droplets

Syntrichia caninervis (aka seriously awesome desert moss) uses tiny hair-like structures on its leaves to absorb water from the atmosphere until droplets form and flow to the leaf. And sometimes it does it upside-down.

A crowd-sourcing project of sorts that invites citizens to post sightings has helped BYU biologist Seth Bybee and other researchers pinpoint where firefly populations exist.

A study coauthored by a BYU professor and a BYU undergraduate suggests that people with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease.

BYU biologist Jon Alder is currently studying the gene mutations that cause people to have unnaturally short telomeres, mutations that are connected to both pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema.

A BYU ecologist is playing a role in the effort to curb a deadly disease affecting developing nations across equatorial Africa.

Joel Griffitts, BYU professor of microbiology and molecular biology, was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, becoming only the third BYU faculty member ever to receive the distinction.